Strength training was long considered an activity performed for vanity purposes. However, thanks to people like Jack LaLanne and Arthur Jones, it is well-known that improved physical appearance is just one of the many benefits of strength training. Here's my complete list of what you are getting or could get as a result of an effective strength training program:
- Decreases blood pressure in pre hypertensive or hypertensive individuals.
- Reduces or ceases muscle tension in the neck and shoulder muscles.
- Prevents the break down of muscle tissue when losing weight.
- Halts or reverses age-related muscle loss, especially in type II muscle fibers.
- May help prevent age-related weight gain.
- Can slow down, halt, or reverse the loss of bone density.
- Enhances flexibility.
- Improves insulin sensitivity.
- Decreases blood glucose and triglyceride levels.
- Upregulates mitochondrial function, energy production, and may reduce oxidative stress.
- Increases muscle mass and strength.
- Improves functional capacity.
- Improves oxygen delivery to muscle tissues (similar to the Bohr Effect) when performed in a high intensity manner, according to Dr. Doug McGuff (Body by Science, page 26).
- Improves running economy.
- Increases rate of digestion.
- Increases basal metabolic rate.
- Reduces joint pain experienced by arthritis.
- Decreases pain and frequency of medical treatment for those with lower back pain.
- May be safer than aerobic training for those who have suffered a heart attack.
- May increase ability to sleep (this is just from anecdotal evidence, but many clients have claimed over the years that they have slept better when strength training regularly).
- Aids in the recovery from breast and prostate cancer (see here and here).
- Improves athletic performance.
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Strength training not only improves your power but also your balance. Strength training is the use of resistance to muscular contraction to build the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles. Consistent efforts with strength training can help with weight loss, blood pressure, bone density, and so many more great things for your health. Thanks a lot for sharing such an interesting post.
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